Destroyer - Kaputt (2011)

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For those who've heard the latest Dan Bejar album, is it just me or is it kind of incredible?

altered boners (rennavate), Friday, 3 December 2010 23:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

where'd ya hear it? isn't it not out for a long time? I thought I lost the Destroyer love but it was revived by Bay of Pigs.

iago g., Saturday, 4 December 2010 00:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

For those who've heard the latest Dan Bejar album, is it just me or is it kind of incredible?

In complete agreement, but then I'm a Destroyer fanboy, so it was kinda predictable I'd feel this way. Although having said that, I was disappointed with "Trouble In Dreams" right from the off and never really went back to it, and that ambient single he put out a few weeks back didn't really float my boat. But this is awesome. I mentioned in the other thread how all the soft synths and horn swells and sub-disco drums and female backing vox remind me of those great 80s pop-rock bands like Prefab Sprout, but in the notes I was scribbling down yesterday I've actually written down phrases like "Lindstrom space disco" and "dubbed-out free jazz squall".

I thought I lost the Destroyer love but it was revived by Bay of Pigs

The whole album is very much along the same lines, and a truncated version of Bay Of Pigs is the closing track.

Moogle, Saturday, 4 December 2010 10:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Leaked already!?

'Chinatown' makes me feel very optimistic about the record. Loved Rubies and mostly everything before it, didn't feel any connection with everything he has done aftwerwards.

Moka, Saturday, 4 December 2010 10:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

OTM with Prefab Sprout

To be fair he's only put out the two EPs and Trouble In Dreams since Rubies. By the by those EPs have the best cover art

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ksQG3-eM-4U/TNDnpjfNR0I/AAAAAAAAALc/IvRwUCXnhiU/s1600/Destroyer-Archer-On-The-Beach.jpg

PEAVEY Ó))) (Ówen P.), Saturday, 4 December 2010 10:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Owen, the EP for Bay of Pigs has great cover art, too, no?

altered boners (rennavate), Sunday, 5 December 2010 08:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

And no, not leaked, press copy. And is an 11:18 version of a 13:38 song really "truncated"? More like "mildly squished."

altered boners (rennavate), Sunday, 5 December 2010 08:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

people really need to revisit Trouble in Dreams. i felt the same way until recently and now it's one of my favorites. the first 6 songs are some of his best imo.

Moreno, Sunday, 5 December 2010 15:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah I went back to Trouble after someone (j0hn d I think?) was defending it on the other Destroyer thread... strangely, it was actually the second half that got me to come around on it ("Plaza Trinidad", in particular, is beautiful, like an angry drunk jumping onstage during a broadway musical)

'The Road'(a hundred less-than signs)'Taken' (bernard snowy), Sunday, 5 December 2010 15:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Really? I still think Trouble in Dreams is ehhhhh. If you guys really recommend it, I'll revisit it soon.

altered boners (rennavate), Sunday, 5 December 2010 21:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

("Plaza Trinidad", in particular, is beautiful, like an angry drunk jumping onstage during a broadway musical)

― 'The Road'(a hundred less-than signs)'Taken' (bernard snowy), Sunday, December 5, 2010 3:21 PM (6 hours ago) Bookmark

Plaza Trinidad, in fact, is one of the greatest songs ever written. Thank you! It's my favorite Destroyer song and I never tire of it.

Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Sunday, 5 December 2010 21:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

becoming obsessed with "my favorite year" helped open the rest of the album up to me. beware the company you reside in!!

Moreno, Sunday, 5 December 2010 22:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Really? I still think Trouble in Dreams is ehhhhh. If you guys really recommend it, I'll revisit it soon.

― altered boners (rennavate), Sunday, December 5, 2010 4:12 PM (1 hour ago)

i don't think it's one of his best but imo fans of bejar should find plenty to like. "blue flower/blue flame" grabbed me immediately, but i like his stoned, meandering stuff like that

k3vin k., Sunday, 5 December 2010 22:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

i actually think it is one of his best now. top 3 imo. wouldn't have said that a couple months ago...

Moreno, Sunday, 5 December 2010 22:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like "My Favorite Year," but nothing else grabbed me about Trouble in Dreams.

altered boners (rennavate), Sunday, 5 December 2010 22:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kaputt is fantastic and I was pretty put off by Trouble in Dreams, though I haven't revisited it really since its release (my previous favorite was easily Your Blues). Steely Dan Bejar is a good look for him.

rope (lloydwabbitt), Monday, 6 December 2010 10:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have only heard Rubies + New Pornos. Where do I go next?

purblind snowcock splattered (a hoy hoy), Monday, 6 December 2010 10:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

The other direction, as fast as you can!

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Monday, 6 December 2010 10:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Or, you could try fan-favourite "Streethawk" or MIDI-heavy "Your Blues".

PEAVEY Ó))) (Ówen P.), Monday, 6 December 2010 11:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

ty

purblind snowcock splattered (a hoy hoy), Monday, 6 December 2010 11:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

almost like he got andy mackay on this. loving the late era roxy music avalon vibes of "song for america"

kamerad, Friday, 10 December 2010 23:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

From the Merge press release...

"These are some of the themes alluded to or avoided in the album Kaputt and here are 22 things you might want to know about it. Straight from Dan Bejar himself, in absolutely no linear order.

Kaputt by Malaparte, which Bejar has never read… Kara Walker, specifically the lyrics she contributed to the song “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker”… Chinatown, the neighborhood bordering on Bejar’s… Baby blue eyes… 80s Miles Davis… 90s Gil Evans… Last Tango in Paris … Nic Bragg, who played lead guitar on every song, again… Fretless bass… The hopelessness of the future of music…The pointlessness of writing songs for today… V-Drums… The superiority of poetry and plays… And what’s to become of film? The Cocaine Addict… American Communism… Downtown, the neighborhood bordering on Bejar’s… The LinnDrum – Avalon and, more specifically, Boys and Girls… The devastated mind of JC/DC, who recorded, produced and mixed this record from fall of 2008 to spring of 2010… The back-up vocals of certain Roy Ayers and Long John Baldry tours… Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence…"

Iago Galdston, Friday, 10 December 2010 23:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

wtf does 90s Gil Evans mean

tylerw, Friday, 10 December 2010 23:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't know if everyone has already done this, or doesn't care to, but but I just made a playlist of all the Bejar songs from New Pornographers (incl those written with Carl) and it is really amazing...I am thinking put together they are better than any single Destroyer album. Is that kooky talk or possible?

Iago Galdston, Saturday, 11 December 2010 03:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

sorry for the double but

Iago Galdston, Saturday, 11 December 2010 03:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

they are very good songs yes. probably not "better than any single destroyer album" but pretty great. the ones on Electric Version especially -- Testament to Youth in Verse, so great

on the later NPs records they are about the only songs I liked tbh

dmr, Saturday, 11 December 2010 04:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

this album is in-sane

in my world of Hmong ppl (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 13 December 2010 19:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

I honestly can't stop listening to it. I'm going to overplay it before Christmas at this rate. I think I'm already half there!

rihanna refurbished my dick (rennavate), Monday, 13 December 2010 21:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

really liking this so far

kanellos (gbx), Monday, 13 December 2010 22:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like it in a "Dan Bejar can do no wrong" kinda way but it's a pretty weird album. I'm not going nuts over it so far. But like I said on the other thread I'm more of a Streethawk/This Night/Rubies kinda guy with Your Blues ranking toward the bottom. People who think Your Blues is his best album will love this.

Track 3 is my favorite so far, the one that has that rubbery New Order / Bunnymen bass line and is a little more propulsive.

dmr, Tuesday, 14 December 2010 20:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

has anyone used 'yacht' as an adjective w/r/t this record yet

thomp, Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

too morose to be yacht rock imo

it's ~smooth~ but in sort of a diff. way

dmr, Wednesday, 15 December 2010 17:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

i guess what i like is that its kinda yacht-y and balearic but still very much destroyer. like i just listened to some twin shadow track and it sounds slavish in comparison

kanellos (gbx), Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

I didn't love this on first listen, but it's growing on me. I guess I miss the more dense/feverish/epic songs (Your Blues being my fav album), not that the smoother/easier ones aren't nice, mind you. Bay of Pigs feels like the meeting point of the two, and I love it. Seems that this may be his last record for a while, judging from this: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2010/12/catching-up-with-destroyer.html

Charlesburg, Friday, 17 December 2010 04:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also, I came across this, which is interesting: http://www.danielbejar.com/

Charlesburg, Friday, 17 December 2010 04:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

What's the source of the distorted guitar figure just after halfway through 'Savage Night at the Opera'?

thomp, Friday, 17 December 2010 14:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

yo i heard a rumor p4k is gonna give this joint a 10.

Mordy, Friday, 17 December 2010 14:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

What's the source of the distorted guitar figure just after halfway through 'Savage Night at the Opera'?

It sounds a lot like the main riff from "Enola Gay" by OMD.

yo i heard a rumor p4k is gonna give this joint a 10.

I just finished my review for Onethirtybpm and gave it 92%.

Moogle, Friday, 17 December 2010 17:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

i expect this to get pretty favorable reviews all around, tbh.

kanellos (gbx), Friday, 17 December 2010 17:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also, I came across this, which is interesting: http://www.danielbejar.com/

that's pretty funny

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y176/edwardiii/googleganger1.jpg

if nothing else this thread will result in some great display names (Edward III), Friday, 17 December 2010 18:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

don't think i've ever written this on ilx before but o_O

tylerw, Friday, 17 December 2010 18:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

It sounds a lot like the main riff from "Enola Gay" by OMD.

haha otm. knew i recognized that from somewhere

savage night at the opera is the best track by far imo

dmr, Saturday, 18 December 2010 16:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

yo i heard a rumor p4k is gonna give this joint a 10.

― Mordy, Friday, December 17, 2010 7:21 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark

LOLZ don't start this again. There was the same rumor floating around about Rubies. But this is possibly better than Rubies...

rihanna rennavated my dick (rennavate), Saturday, 18 December 2010 20:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Unless of course, it's an actual rumor.

rihanna rennavated my dick (rennavate), Saturday, 18 December 2010 20:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol, obv I was making a poorly formed Rubies joek

Mordy, Saturday, 18 December 2010 20:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

That's what I thought lolz.

rihanna rennavated my dick (rennavate), Saturday, 18 December 2010 21:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

'too morose to be yacht' otm

The Macallan 18 Year, Saturday, 18 December 2010 21:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

not sure if i should be embarrassed by how much of spotify's prefabbed "Late Night Indie" playlist overlaps with my own playlists

ciderpress, Saturday, 28 May 2016 03:53 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

kaputt

― ciderpress, Friday, May 27, 2016 10:50 PM (three months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

gr8080, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 15:51 (two years ago) Permalink

i was thinking about this album just yesterday, and how it's just about that time of year

jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 16:51 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

holy cow, Destroyer is playing here on Friday??

jason waterfalls (gbx), Monday, 31 October 2016 12:39 (two years ago) Permalink

I think his current tour is just a solo acoustic one

ufo, Monday, 31 October 2016 12:53 (two years ago) Permalink

fine by me!

show's at a tiny-ass campus venue, and, other than bejar himself, i will probably be the oldest person there

jason waterfalls (gbx), Monday, 31 October 2016 13:03 (two years ago) Permalink

that sounds perfect

niels, Monday, 31 October 2016 13:15 (two years ago) Permalink

11/01/16 Milwaukee, WI Colectivo Coffee Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/02/16 Chicago, IL Art Institute of Chicago Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/03/16 Madison, WI The Sett (University of Wisconsin) Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/05/16 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/06/16 London, ON The Aeolian Performing Arts Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/07/16 Halifax, NS The Seahorse Tavern Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/08/16 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/10/16 Hamilton, ON Mills Hardware Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/11/16 Saskatoon, SK Amigo's Solo performance Add to google calendar
11/12/16 Calgary, AB Festival Hall Solo performance Add to google calendar

definitely an interesting choice of tour dates

harold melvin and the bluetones (jim in vancouver), Monday, 31 October 2016 17:31 (two years ago) Permalink

weird -- the show here isn't on there

(it may not ~actually~ be open to the public)

jason waterfalls (gbx), Monday, 31 October 2016 18:39 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

thought we had a "sounds like kaputt" thread...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D8L40-WuIM

gr8080, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 21:01 (one year ago) Permalink

roxy mentioned above but this one was sounding especially Kaputt-y last week
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsTyNcmiXm0

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 21:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Avalon was the OG inspiration mentioned in all the interviews / press releases iirc, and Kaputt was actually my way into Avalon

beautiful track

niels, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 13:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Always thought Lindsey Buckingham's Trouble had some Kaputt like elements:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO1sQPs3U8k

MarkoP, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

def.

gr8080, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Perhaps Mirage scratches a bit of the same itch - ethereal vibe with focus on melody and percussion

niels, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Buckingham track is smooth as hell

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:25 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

the laziest river is soo good

just another (diamonddave85), Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

yup

niels, Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

you’re a permanent figure of jacked up sorrow
I want you to love me

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

posters going ham on the sophisti-pop revivals the last couple days, I see

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Time of the season?

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I really really like the production on this one.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah, someone on the p4k thread suggested it sounds even better than its influences and I think that's true, at least production-wise

niels, Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I’m not even a big fan of the supposed sound he’s channeling in here and yet the production on this one makes it work.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 11 January 2018 07:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Maybe somebody in this thread can help me with this one: Is there a Destroyer song where he cribs the line "It's time I had some time alone"? I seem to remember one (or maybe I saw him play it live?) but I can't recall for sure and maybe I'm just making it up because I think it'd be a great line for a some to appropriate

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 13:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Listening to As Falls Wichita, So Falls Witchita Falls by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, getting very strong Laziest River vibes

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 25 May 2018 04:15 (six months ago) Permalink

They don't really sound that similar, but are both mellow epics

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 25 May 2018 04:41 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm getting those vibes too, thx for the recommendation

niels, Friday, 25 May 2018 13:48 (six months ago) Permalink

Maybe somebody in this thread can help me with this one: Is there a Destroyer song where he cribs the line "It's time I had some time alone"? I seem to remember one (or maybe I saw him play it live?) but I can't recall for sure and maybe I'm just making it up because I think it'd be a great line for a some to appropriate

Now this is bugging me too, as I seem to recall but don’t know what tune either

omgneto and ittanium mayne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 May 2018 13:55 (six months ago) Permalink

xp

Sweet, glad you checked it out. It's a pretty unusual piece. I've been able pick up a pile of pristine Metheny vinyl for super cheap lately, and have really enjoyed digging into his catalog. Such a wide range of interesting recordings, especially from the ECM days.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 25 May 2018 14:27 (six months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This record.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:43 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, this record. <3

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 23:02 (four months ago) Permalink

my 3.5 yo son blew my mind by singing parts of Chinatown. Turns out my wife had an old CD of Kapput in the car.

President Keyes, Saturday, 25 August 2018 02:29 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

don't let the terrible name scare you, mr twin sister delivers sophistihouse sure to delight any Kaputt fans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL-XHeBLwTE

niels, Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:25 (one month ago) Permalink

does this come in instrumental?
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||||||||, Monday, 12 November 2018 17:34 (one month ago) Permalink

this man sounds like an elf

||||||||, Monday, 12 November 2018 17:35 (one month ago) Permalink

it's that time of the year folks

gbx, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 20:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

get the elf off the shelf

single bed mentality (||||||||), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 21:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'd say he sounds like a smurf. His voice is really beyond bearable. The music can have its moments though. Like "The laziest river" for example. Very eclectic stuff rooted in the eighties. Reminds me of my student years. Retro but pretty good retro.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 23 November 2018 22:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the sound of an entire generation of music critics ossifying about half-remembered childhood referents

just playing, ilx!

imago, Friday, 23 November 2018 22:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

his actual speaking voice sounds like that so he's not putting it on (he was in front of me at the waldorf cold beer and wine once)

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 23 November 2018 22:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

don't let the terrible name scare you, mr twin sister delivers sophistihouse sure to delight any Kaputt fans

it's not the terrible name that puts me off.

brokenshire (jed_), Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh then what is it

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sophistihouse

brokenshire (jed_), Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

haha

well see what descriptor you can come up with

anyway people who dislike Bejar's voice I don't mean to say you're not welcome itt but I will say you're wasting your time because Bejar is a great singer

niels, Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

polite no

single bed mentality (||||||||), Saturday, 24 November 2018 11:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

a friend of mine once described his voice as a cross between nick cave and kenny everett

. (Michael B), Saturday, 24 November 2018 11:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I actually like that Mr. TS song but I'm struggling to see much of a connection. That name though, sheesh.

brokenshire (jed_), Saturday, 24 November 2018 19:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

here's an interesting anecdote:

Frontman Dan Bejar had largely completed his soft-rock opus before asking Shabason to improvise over the recordings, where his ghostly saxophone lines proved to be the perfect complement to Bejar’s alternately hedonistic and weary narrator, hanging over every story like a heavy cologne.

that's from the review of recent Shabason album, but not sure what the source is? also, it seems, in my mind, more of a trumpet record than a sax record but maybe I'm misremembering

niels, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 13:34 (one week ago) Permalink


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